Flashback: McCain Opposed the Muslim Brotherhood

Over the past week, Senator John McCain has been a vocal critic of Rep. Michele Bachmann's attempts to launch an investigation into Huma Abedin's alleged familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. McCain went so far as to say that Bachmann's concerns were without "logic...basis...[or] merit."  

But it wasn't that long ago that McCain would have been first in line to investigate even the slightest chance that the Muslim Brotherhood was influencing the US government. It was only a year ago that McCain was obsessed with telling everyone that Mohamed ElBaradei could be the "front man" for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Without any evidence to support his claims, he warned that if ElBaradei were allowed to succeed Hosni Mubarak as President of Egypt, it would mean Egypt's move toward democracy had been "hijacked by radical Islamic extremists."

As it turns out, ElBaradei exited the Egyptian presidential race early because he was not supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, and therefore had no chance of getting Islamist voters to support him.

A year ago, McCain was so worried about the Muslim Brotherhood that he let the straight-talk express veer off the road for the chance to criticize someone who had no ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, however, even with the alleged ties between Huma Adedin's family and the Muslim Brotherhood exposed, McCain reserves his criticism for Rep. Bachmann instead of Abedin.

His change of position lacks "logic...basis...[or] merit."


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